Smart Fortwo Receives Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission
|   Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The Smart Fortwo will be offered in the company of a six-speed automatic transmission with dual clutches. The city model made by Daimler was offered associated only with a manual transmission at the time of the current generation debut.

The car manufacturer announced the introduction in the range of the Twinamic transmission for the Fortwo version with three cylinders rated at 71 hp. The unit has a manual gear shift mode operated either by moving the lever or by optional paddles on the steering wheel included in the Sport package.


The Smart Fortwo 1.0 Twinamic has an acceleration time from 0 to 100 km / h of 15.1 seconds and a top speed of 151 km / h (94 mph). The mixed consumption of this variant is 4.1 liters per 100 km (57.3 mpg US), while CO2 emissions are 94 grams per kilometer.

Thus, this model is more fuel efficient than the basic version with 60 hp equipped with a five speed manual transmission. The latter has an average fuel consumption of 4.5 l / 100 km and emits 104 g / km of CO2.

Deliveries of the first unit equipped with Smart Fortwo Twinamic transmissions will start this March. The range of engines offered with the Fortwo includes two units with three in-line cylinders. One of them is a petrol 1-liter aspirated engine rated at 71 hp and 91 Nm of torque, and the second is a 0.9-liter turbo engine, already known as the 0.9 TCe in the Dacia-Renault nomenclature, which delivers 90 hp and a torque of 135 Nm. The latter engine is not available with the automatic transmission. Also, Smart will provide an entry-level engine fueled by gasoline, which will provide only 60 hp.

The Twinamic dual clutch transmission is unique in this car segment. Furthermore, this transmission type comes to meet the needs of drivers who like the comfort of an automatic transmission in an urban environment.

The Twinamic transmission has six forward gears and one in reverse. Due to the two sub-transmissions incorporated, going to the next lowest or highest gear is done right away and with no traction power loss. Whereever necessary, the electronic control goes over individual gears: instead of going through each gear it skips right where it needs to. Therefore it has the convenience of an automatic transmission together with the efficiency specific to a manual transmission.

In Germany, the entry level Smart ForTwo optional Twinamic transmission is priced at 1,275 euro (1,482 dollars). That said, it is also offered as an option on the Passion, Prime and Proxy trim levels for 1,000 euro (1,162 dollars). Therefore, in Germany the standard Twinamic Smart ForTwo will start from 12,170 euro (14,140 dollars).

In related news, Daimler has also announced an investment of 100 million euro in a production facility of lithium-ion batteries. They will be used in the future electric models of the brand, including those in the Smart range. We are talking about electric the Smart ForTwo and Smart ForFour, both of which are officially confirmed for launch in 2016.
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